Diabetics should be aware that sleep apnea could raise your blood sugar level. The complications of diabetes and the seriousness of sleep apnea can be life threatening. Sleep apnea is a condition that is associated with loud snoring, irregular breathing and an interrupted intake of oxygen. The reason people get sleep apnea is due mainly from being overweight.
We understand that excess weight gets in the way of your insulin's ability to spread sugars from the food that you digest across the cell membranes in your body accurately, therefore, robbing the cells of much needed carbohydrates that it requires.
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Being overweight leads to sleep apnea; how this happens is that the fatty deposits build up along the throat and actually line the breathing passages. Your muscles in your throat relax when you sleep which forces your airways to become narrow and sometimes they close completely. So when someone is overweight and lies down for a sleep the gravity will push the fat to the back of the throat which means that it blocks your airways and you stop breathing.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing. Following are some facts that were found in a recent research:
- It is estimated that around 40% of people with OSA have diabetes
- OSA can have an effect on the glycemic control in people with type 2 diabetes
- OSA is known to have a connection with a variety of cardiovascular complications that include heart failure, stroke and hypertension
- People that have diabetes in general show signs of OSA up to 23% and generally at least some form of sleep disordered breathing that could be as high as 58%
Like diabetes, it is common for people not to realise that have sleep apnea, until accidentally diagnosed. Both of these can be very dangerous to your life, and sadly it can become fatal.
Not knowing the symptoms can cause many problems and complications, just as being a diabetic and controlling and managing your blood sugar levels can be very dangerous.
Following are some symptoms that you should be aware of:
- Constant fatigue
- Poor concentration
- Lack of energy
- High blood pressure
You need to understand that this is very important and you need to take control and manage these symptoms so that you can achieve great health.
If these symptoms are not treated it will reduce your insulin sensitivity, which can cause many complications. So diabetics need to be aware that sleep apnea can raise your blood sugar level, so if you believe you have sleep apnea you need to get help and fix this problem immediately.
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